Artist in Residence Program 2014/ autumn – Japan

Artist in Residence Program 2014/ autumn
“Material and Mechanism”
Application Guideline

[ 1 ]  Purpose of the Program
The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University opened in December 2001 as an artistic institution centered on an ‘Artist in Residence’ (AIR) program. We invite to our facility artists who play an active part in the field of contemporary art. During the residency period, we hold an exhibition and various exchange programs to contribute to the creative life. Through creative activities, presentations, workshops, and lectures by the artist, the aim of the program is to help the audience gain a deeper understanding of art and to promote international exchange.
Therefore, on this AIR program, our aim is not only to support the artist whilst he creates his /her work, but also to use the program as a tool with which to educate the local audience about art. Through the encounters and the interaction between the artists and people in Aomori a new creative space will be born.

[ 2 ]  Program Title: Material and Mechanism
Since 2011, the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) has established annual themes to capture the latest works and activities of its artists in residence (AIR) and other contemporary artists. In 2014, a variety of programs will unfold at the ACAC around this year’s annual theme of “Media/Art/ Society.” In the public invitation for the Fall AIR, we would like to think about “media” from a more fundamental perspective: “media” as a “medium” of art. Artists’ inner ideas are externalized through the process of making artwork, their materials and mechanisms becoming the medium of expression. On the other hand, these materials and mechanisms often have their own meanings or may represent the artists’ thinking. Moreover, they can also act as catalysts that serve to further kindle artists’ creativity.
Under the title “Material and Mechanism,” the Fall 2014 Artist in Residency (AIR) will contemplate the materials and methodologies of each artist’s residence production and the presentation of their distinct approaches in an environment where production and presentation happen alongside one another.

[ 3 ]  Number of Participating Artists
4 artists (of which 2 are Japanese artist)

[ 4 ]  Application Requirements
a) The artist should be working in the field of contemporary art (regardless of genre).
b) The artist should be independent, and capable of working and living on his or her own.
c) The artist should be able to produce and present artwork and to handle the dismantling and removal of that artwork, by him or herself within the designated period of time.
d) The artist should understand the purpose of his or her visit to ACAC, and be able to be present for more than 55 days of the residency period.
e) The artist should be able to lead a community life with the other artists on the program.
f) The artist should be able to communicate with local people, including joining in the exchange program activities, (talks, lectures, workshops, school visits etc) and should be prepared to take an active role in the educational art program.
g) The artist should be able to explain his or her artwork, and to give lectures or workshops in English or Japanese as part of the exchange program.
h) The artist should be in good health.
i) The artist should be able to speak and understand basic English daily conversation.

[ 5 ]  How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit by post the documents listed by the due date. Please follow the instructions detailed when filling in applications.

The applications must reach ACAC no later than May 21, 2014.
* This deadline is final. Under no circumstances will late applications be considered.

[ 6 ]  Screening and Notification
The judges (2 outside experts) and curators of ACAC will strictly screen all applicants. The applicants will be informed of the final decision at the beginning of July, 2014.

[ 7 ]  Schedule
Period of stay    September 10 — December 19
(*Until September 15, other AIR exhibition is held.)
Meeting             September 26 (scheduled)
Exhibition          October 25 — December 14
Dismantling       December 15–19
Gallery Talk        October 25
Lecture, Workshop                       on weekends
Exchange program for school  on weekdays
*The schedule for lectures or workshops will be finalized after due consideration.

[ 8 ]  Location for Working and Presentation
The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre galleries and site will be used for the production and exhibition of artwork.
* The exhibition is a group exhibition.
* The nature of the work required for the exhibition, and the location of the exhibition, will be decided after due consultation between the ACAC and the artists.

[ 9 ] Obligations of the Organizer and the Artist
The Organizer and the Artist have the following obligations to each other throughout the duration of the program and enter into a contract on the basis of this.  In principle, it is a precondition that all successful applicants come alone to Aomori. Artist can apply as a group or unit. In this case, the organizer considers 1 artist’s group or unit as 1 artist, and provides expenses only for 1 artist’s expense.
If successful applicants wish to be accompanied by family members or an assistant, it is necessary to consult with ACAC beforehand. Should ACAC approve the Artist’s request, the accompanying individuals may stay at the ACAC facilities. In this case, the artist is financially responsible for paying both the travel fare and the accommodation fee (JPY2,000@day) for the accompanying individual.

Travel to Aomori
–Travel expenses
THE ORGANIZER will pay the following travel expenses according to the Aomori public college’ regulations:
<overseas resident>
A one time round trip economy class air ticket from the international airport which is nearest to the Artist’s home to Aomori airport (or flight fare + railway fare to Aomori) .
<domestic resident>
A railway fare to Aomori (one time round trip) from the train station nearest to the Artist’s residence.
*The ORGANIZER provides travel expenses after the ARTIST arrival.
*From overseas the amount payable is up to 200,000JPY, for domestic travel it is up to 100,000JPY.
* The residence means the place for tax payment.
*The ORGANIZER does not provide the travel expense coming back to Japan for Japanese artist.
* The expense for the transportation of goods or materials must be paid by the Artist.

–Visa
THE ARTIST should make arrangements for a visa with which they may enter Japan, if it is necessary. Please enquire at the Japanese Embassy in your country.

Working, Exhibition (presentation) and the Exchange Program
THE ARTIST should participate in the presentation of artwork and in the exchange program (outlined in another paragraph) during the residency.

–Production expenses*
THE ORGANIZER will provide 250,000JPY in production expenses, in which is included fees for material, employment, research, transportation, display and putting away of exhibition etc (provided that THE ORGANIZER accepts their necessity).

–Expenses for Art Exchange Program*
THE ORGANIZER will provide 75,000JPY as an expense for the art exchange program.

–Studio
THE ORGANIZER will provide the artists with a studio in the Creative Hall and with display space in the Exhibition Hall in ACAC. (during the program period only)
THE ARTIST must share the studio with other artists.

–Care of Studio
THE ORGANIZER will sweep the studio regularly, but THE ARTIST should keep his or her own studio clean. When THE ARTIST leaves ACAC, THE ARTIST should return the studio to its original condition.

–Exhibition
<Exhibition>;
*The location of each exhibition and the final contents of the work proposal must be decided after due consultation between ACAC (curators and director) and THE ARTIST.
*In principle, THE ARTIST should exhibit his or her work by him or herself and care and maintain his or her own work by him or herself during the exhibition.
*THE ORGANIZER should prepare any materials necessary for presentation (panels, explanatory captions, etc) of the artwork for the audience. Decisions on any such materials shall be made after due consultation between THE ARTIST and ACAC.
*Our gallery has no partitions, and sound loud and echoing. Our gallery has no partitions, and sound loud and echoing. Requires some adjustment, if THE ARTIST would like to use sound or light.
<Lighting>;
Our gallery is of a design which utilizes natural light. However, when it is accepted that artificial lighting is required for the presentation of exhibition works, the lighting equipments in ACAC’s possession may be used.

–Handling of the Works after the Exhibition
The works must be temporary. THE ARTIST should be able to dismantle his or her works by him or herself after the exhibition. Should the artist wish to take that work produced during the residency back home, THE ARTIST must pack his or her work alone and pay any expenses involved in packing and shipping.

–Exchange Program
THE ARTIST must participate in the following exchange programs:
*Artist Talk (Gallery Talk)
*Lecture, Workshop
*Local traditional craft workshop
THE ORGANIZER will provide and pay the cost for any materials used in such exchange programs.

About Living in ACAC
–Living Expenses*
THE ORGANIZER will provide living costs according to the Aomori public college’ regulations for THE ARTIST. (upper limit is 70 days worth)  The full of living expenses is 288,200JPY. However, living allowance is not paid for in the following cases:
*When THE ARTIST goes outside Aomori for personal travel.
*In cases of late arrival to and/or early departure from ACAC.

–Accommodation
THE ORGANIZER will provide the artist with residential facilities in ACAC during the program period (a private single room / 19.44㎡).
*THE ARTIST must share bathroom and kitchen facilities. The facilities areself-catering.
*THE ARTIST must keep his or her private room, and the bathroom and kitchen facilities clean.
*When THE ARTIST leaves ACAC, THE ARTIST must return the residential facilities to their original condition.

–Internet
THE ARTIST can use the internet connection installed in each room.

–Insurance
THE ARTIST is covered by injury insurance and sickness insurance for the duration of the residency. Any past illness, chronic diseases and dental treatment are not covered. THE ARTIST is free to enter private health insurance policies.

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